Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal cancers, but difficult to diagnose: few sufferers have symptoms until the cancer has become large or already spread to other organs. Even then, symptoms can be vague and easily misconstrued as more common conditions. Continue reading
As one of the first members of the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem’s work touches virtually every piece of research at the centre.
She develops the optical glass fibres, along with their crucial coatings, that deliver information about the environment they are designed to measure. Continue reading
5 March 2020: By Kathy Nicholson
It is international women’s day this Sunday and, like many research organisations in Australia, we need to keep talking about Women in STEM.
Fortunately, from its foundation, CNBP has been focused on building an inclusive, diverse and supportive research environment.
Here’s some of what we have learned over the past six years. While it may seem overly simple, it is still remarkable how many of these things are not happening.
Hopefully these insights will provide you, not matter what stage of career you are in, with tools to create change. Continue reading
It’s not often that medical studies into better brain surgery can end up leading to lamb roasts that are a cut above. But that’s what research by Prof Robert McLaughlin‘s team at the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) is doing.
‘I was telling Meat & Livestock Australia that we had this tiny camera in a needle that is great at seeing fat in tissue, but there aren’t many diseases where this is useful. And they got really excited,’ he said. ‘It turns out that the single biggest indicator of quality in lamb meat is the percentage of fat.’ Continue reading
For Dr Andrew Care, tiny structures inside living bacteria may hold the key to tackling many diseases. Shaped like miniature soccer balls, these protein nanocages can be modified to accomplish a wide range of tasks, from helping microbes cope with environmental stress to delivering drug payloads inside cancer cells. Continue reading
In doubles tennis, teamwork is everything: knowing when to poach and when to fake, dividing the court effectively between partners, and knowing how to subtly communicate so that every serve placed benefits your partner. It’s a bit like science, said Hanna McLennan. Continue reading
Pain is a normal part of life, but persistent pain is oppressive to endure. “It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die,” said Roman emperor Julius Caesar, “than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.” Continue reading
For a couple unable to naturally conceive, in vitro fertilisation is often the only option – but it’s one that involves months, even years, of hope intertwined with disappointment. Contributing to the ‘hit and miss’ are the eggs taken from fallopian tubes of hopeful mothers or donors: healthy eggs are essential for healthy embryos to develop into a pregnancy and, ultimately, a baby. Continue reading
Coronary artery disease kills around 7 million people each year, making it the leading cause of death worldwide.
The culprit behind this life-threatening condition is build-up of high-risk plaque in the arteries which cause blood clots that block blood flow to the heart. But diagnosing this plaque before it becomes life-threatening is still a major challenge for medical practitioners. Continue reading
8 January 2020:
From capturing images of cellular processes to sensing electromagnetic fields in extreme environments, researchers at the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics are harnessing the unique properties of diamonds for a wide variety of applications. Continue reading